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Future Vision

February 1, 2017

The value proposition for equity

May 19, 2017
Ecotrust, Portland, OR

Many thanks to those who attended and shared their perspectives on the value of equity!

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Future Vision is a one-day symposium that builds upon past AIA Portland equity events. The goal of Future Vision is to discuss equity, its importance relative to the health of the industry, and to provide exposure to the tools necessary to promote equity within the profession.  

Equity is for everyone–architects, design collaborators, clients, and our communities. Often confused with equality, equity entails recognizing difference and providing fair and just access to opportunities rather than the same prospects for all.  Equity also speaks to a collective ownership, vested interest and knowledge of the architecture community’s worth. Equitable practice promotes the recruitment and retention of the most diverse talent while building stronger, more successful, and more sustainable design practices. Equity in our profession allows us to better represent the people we are meant to serve. Not prioritizing equity within the profession, from an individual to an organizational level, effectively limits innovation and deprives the bottom line.
Rosa Sheng, AIA
Author, Why Equity Matters for Everyone: A New Value Proposition for Design, 2016


Saskia Dennis-van Dijl
Principal at Cameron MacAllister Group, Saskia advises design firms around the country on business development and marketing, strategic direction, and practice management. Her role is leading clients through the development of strategic and marketing plans, providing counsel to principals and senior staff on national best practices, marketing trends, and strategic positioning. Passionate about supporting the role of women in the workplace, Saskia has channeled her beliefs into equity and diversity consulting, helping firms better understand their challenges and opportunities in those areas. This focus carries over into her work with the AIA San Francisco’s Equity by Design Missing 32% Project, for which she is an active spokesperson.


Hanna Richards-James
Owner and principal consultant of Fantail Collaborative. She has fifteen years experience in marketing and business, and organizational effectiveness. With a Masters in Organization Leadership, Hanna brings coaching, training elements and programs to create strong leaders and develop healthy organizations. Her particular interest is fostering environments that promote diversity, focusing in the development of women in leadership.


Amy Donohue, AIA
Principal at Bora Architects since 2007. For the last two decades, Amy has focused on designing higher education spaces, performing arts venues, and collaborative work environments. Most recently, she served as the Design Principal for the Shanahan Center at Harvey Mudd College and the Learning Innovation Center at Oregon State University. In addition to her higher education efforts, Amy has led numerous workspace projects for Google and Microsoft. She currently serves on the Board of Literary Arts. Amy holds a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University.


Denise Harrington
Owner of DMH Consulting Group, Denise is a leader in communications consulting. Working with C-Suite Executives, Premier Athletes, and individuals, she gives them the tools to capture their “Signature Style” and presence. For over a decade Denise has focused on women’s leadership trends and ways to help women develop stronger voices in the workplace. She believes that as women moving forward in the business arena, knowing how to communicate who they are and what they believe in will help them to become stronger contributors. She is “the one to watch” as she works to influence the influential, those who have a critical role in shaping the future of the global workplace and economy. Denise is a graduate of Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth-Minority Business Executive Program.


Plus informative talks from representatives of The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Ecotrust and Deschutes Investments.
As well as case studies from Ankrom Moisan Architects, Carleton Hart Architecture and Opsis Architecture.
All followed by a hosted networking reception on the Ecotrust Building Rooftop Deck. The perfect way to re-connect and create new professional relationships as you discuss the day’s highlights and meet the presenters.


This event is made possible by our generous sponsors:






Thank you to our Donors: Kelly Imaging and Andersen Construction